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UCD JLU Global Change

Global Change: Ecosystem Science and Policy

UCD and Justus Liebig University (Giessen, Germany) International joint Masters Programme

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Wanted to change my career path to focus on sustainability. The MSc in Global Change: Ecosystem Science and Policy offered the perfect opportunity with its focus on transdisciplinary studies that paired science with policymaking.
, Alexandria Charmoli - 2020/21 graduate
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Best of both, the world of global change science and the associated governance and policy implications.The semester in Gießen was an added value. Currently in Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Frankfurt working towards my PhD.
, Conor Ó Beoláin 2020/2021

About the programme

What is Global Change about?

The current environmental changes affect both natural ecosystems and civil societies.  Global change refers to planetary-scale changes occurring in complex socio-ecological systems, which are affected by climatic and non-climatic drivers (e.g., changes in human society). Understanding the intricate, medium- to longterm changes in our land, air and water requires advanced scientific knowledge in measurement, modelling and prediction.

This joint international MSc course between the UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science and (opens in a new window)Justus-Liebig University (JLU) Giessen, Germany is the response to these global change challenges and will suit skilled motivated science graduates wishing to develop a scientific career in ecosystem research as well as those aiming to contribute to evidence-based environmental policy.

What will I learn ?

This international joint Masters course is the response to these challenges and will suit skilled motivated science graduates wishing
to develop a scientific career in ecosystem research as well as those aiming to contribute to evidence-based environmental policy. You will be involved in active research groups in both countries, contributing to their on-going ecosystem studies in order to experience the process of creating scientific knowledge in ecosystem science. In addition to acquiring skills in measuring, analysing and understanding what is behind scientific data you will have the opportunity to develop your analytical, presentation and communication skills to enable you to participate in the policy making process.

MSc Global Change

School of Biology & Environmental Science University College Dublin Dublin, Ireland Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen Heinrich-Buff-Ring 17 35392 Gießen Germany
T: +353 (0) 17162253 | E: globalchange@ucd.ie